Monday, November 23, 2009
Mama’s Holiday Wish List Meme
TodaysMama and Provo Craft are giving away a sleighful of gifts this holiday season and to enter I’m sharing this meme with you.
1. What 5 items are on your holiday wish list this year?
to have Paul with us at Christmas, struts for my car (exciting, I know! lol) , spiral binder machine(for making books), book on digital collage, the movie "UP"
2. What is your favorite handmade gift you have received?
a beautiful quilt from my Mom
3. What handmade gift have you always wanted to tackle?
an embellished scrapbook/photoalbum
4. What was the best Christmas gift you received as a child?
a sewing machine when I was 12
5. What items are on your kid’s wish list this year?
iPod, Ugg boots, PS3 game, Denfeld (school) hoodie, new comforter
6. What is your favorite holiday food?
mashed potatoes with ham gravy
7. What will you be hand-crafting for the holidays?
gift tags, ornaments, comforters, day planners
8. What is your favorite holiday movie?
It's a Wonderful Life
9. Favorite holiday song?
10. Favorite holiday pastime?
time with family, baking
Friday, November 13, 2009
Well, that's it for me for today--I'd love to see what you are making...leave me a link and I'll check it out ♥♥
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
But I can't guarantee that you won't find the occasional kitty hair in there! LOL This is where Daisy likes to sit when I sew ( my little pal )!
(of course, I check my products over very strictly for pet hair...just having a little fun!)
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
I'd like to thank my beautiful cousins Vicki, Becky, Michelle, and Linda for all that they did. I could never thank them enough for what they did, it was a thing of beauty and love and I love them forever for it.
I also received so many gifts and donations from my online friends...my family was amazed by how many "strangers" helped out (of course, I know that online friends are NOT really strangers, they are just friends that you haven't seen yet!) lol I would like to thank all of you who helped by sending something and/or shared your stories and prayers with us. It warms my heart REALLY! I'd like to send special thanks to the EtsyTwitter team, there was a lot of love that came from the gals in that group and I REALLY appreciate it!
Oh, and a HUGE thank you to Brenda Fisher and The GATINAS!!!!
Here are some of the people who helped out--please go and visit their shops and give them some love, they are wonderful people who make wonderful things!!
Handmade by Sandi
Cape Cod Jewelry
Foxy G Knits
Holly So Lightly
High Desert Rose
Shes Sew Pretty
Rick Rack Queen
Books Around the Clock
I hope I didn't forget anyone! If I accidently left you off the list, please contact me so I can get you on here!
Heartfelt thanks to all who helped or prayed or were one of the over 300 people who came to enjoy and support! Thank you from the bottom of our hearts ♥♥♥
Wednesday, October 07, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I am lucky enough to be this weeks inpiration shop! It's been a lot of fun peeking in to see what they are being inspired by and what they come up with for their projects! Head on over to the
I'm back from the cabin...it was a really great vacation and some much needed rest was had :o)I had some good time to think about the things that I needed to think about................
(see, I told you the fish better watch out! lol In case anyone is wondering, we usually catch and release)
(Linds is not a morning person! LOL)
..................and eat good food, and visit with friends and family,
The "boppers" hanging out in the morning.
(my niece and great nephew playing some sticky ball)
Yes, that's my son Joe, sporting some hair and facial hair...he's done with ROTC! lol That pretty gal with him is his girlfriend.
............and roast marshmallows over the campfire, and feed the ducks,
..............or sit on the floaty dock dangling my feet in the water, looking at pretty rainbows
But...now it's back to the real world. We've been working on getting some benefits together for Paul here in town and I'm still working on doing something online, don't have all the details worked out yet and this will be a real test of my computering skills! LOL I'll be getting back to you real soon on that. In the meanwhile, have a beautiful day and go hug everyone that you love...you just never know what tomorrow will bring :o)
Friday, August 14, 2009
(Isn't this picture priceless?? I would love to give credit to the photographer and the subject, but I got it in an email and there was no information--if you happen to know, please let me know so proper credit can be made.)
It's my birthday on Tuesday and we always spend my birthday week up at the cabin. Yeah!! I am SOOOOOO ready for some fun and relaxation. My brother's and their families and some of Mark's family will be joining us up there on and off and I'm hoping that a few of my cousins will come too--should be fun!
I am actually going to shut down my Etsy shop while I'm gone....yes, a big step for me, LOL! This will be the first time in over 3 years that it'll be closed. I really need to have some time to not worry about it and just apply my thoughts to some other areas! You guys won't forget about me.....right? :o]
The fish better look out!
(the view off the dock....Mark and his nice Bass)
What a year it's been. Last year on my birthday my brother, Paul, informed me that he had cancer and he had his first surgery. AND my Grandpa died. You could say, not a good Birthday at all. Hoping this one will be better, for sure!
I want to thank you all for the lovely comments, ideas, and prayers about Paul and doing a fundraiser...you are all so sweet and thoughtful and generous that you actually made me cry...several times! :o} I'm going to give this all some thought over my vacation and come up with a game plan. I'll let you all know when we get back. Thank you again---big hugs!
Remember the giveaway I did a little while ago....well, both of the winners did up blog posts---stop by and say HI!
Lisa of A Groggy Froggy
Thanks for the bloggy love, gals!! I'm glad that you liked your prizes :o)
OK...I'm off to make some whipped jello, cake, noodle salad, egg salad, fruit salad, ............. see you next week!!
Monday, August 10, 2009
Some of you may remember me telling you about this.... my brother, Paul, has later stage cancer (melanoma) and has been in a brave battle with it for almost a year now. He has been through every chemo treatment you can think of, radiation treatment, and is working his way through a few of the experimental treatments too. He's hanging in there, though a LOT thinner and minus some hair--worse for the wear and tear--but not ready to give up the fight!!!!
The big problem he is facing now is financial. Paul is a laborer...he worked for a mobile home company and did set-ups and repairs, siding, roofing...you know, physical things. He has been unable to work since this started (it started with surgery to remove some lymph nodes under his arms). They had some money in savings and sold some things to help make ends meet and have the belt tightened as tight as it can get. They are running on fumes right now.
Then we are thinking of doing the traditional Spaghetti dinner, auction, and raffles and such. Here's where we could use some creative suggestions!
Also, I was thinking of maybe doing some sort of online fundraiser. Who has seen anything like this done...how was it done...what are people's general opinion of things like that??
I sure appreciate any help you can give!!
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
I've been happy to get back to the studio and finished up some collages that have been in the works for a while now....of course they have BIRDS in them (are you shocked?) *wink* I tried a new thing on these three by using different paper for the matting, I think it really adds a nice punch of color and a nice dimension to the collages!
BlueJay and Butterfly
Pretty Robin Redbreast
The beautiful bird images I used in these collages were purchased from Scraps of Time -- stop by and check out her shop, great stuff!!!
Sunday, August 02, 2009
Now, I have a couple questions for you readers....do you think I should fix up the frame (aka give it a paint job) or leave it as is? AND It has that water stain up at the top (which actually shows up really well in the picture, but when you are looking at it in person, it's really not that noticeable) and I'm wondering if anyone has a method of making those lighter that will not ruin the paper??
Sheesh, sadly the only place I have to hang this pretty picture is on the last wall on the main floor with the ugly panelling!! Believe it or not, about 1/2 the main floor was panelled with this ugly white panelling and we are slowly but surely getting rid of it! I think that a living room redo is in the works for this coming winter and then it will be gone! Yeah!
Thursday, July 30, 2009
"Now...who will help me?? Wait, wait...no need to argue my two Sweeties, I think we will just go ahead and draw 2 names tonight!! So each of you reach on in and draw a name."
Thursday, July 23, 2009
You don't have to do anything fancy or complicated--just leave me a comment here and I will throw your name in the hat. I'll draw a name in a week--so next Thursday evening I'll pick a winner. Okey doke?
Oh, and feel like having a laugh? Of course you do! Check out Moggit--it's a riot!
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
I ran across this vintage metal ALBUM rack (for you youngsters, go ask your parents what an album is! lol It's kinda like a giant CD!) It is is beautiful shape and I love the lines of it....and it dawned on me that it just might work down in my craftroom! I have been struggling to find a the perfect way to store my big papers so that I can see them and they are readily available for use.....So........
I just LOVE how my big 12" x 12" paper pads fit into the album slots! I have the pads set on edge so I can just thumb through them to find the papers I want or to inspire me on my next project.
Plus, now I have some additional shelves on my work table to hold lots of other supplies! I love it...I get to re-use an otherwise rather obsolete piece of furniture and get some excellent new storage out of it!
So, go out and rescue an old piece of furniture today and see what excellent new uses you can get out of it! I'd love to see what you have done, so if you have a cool find or re-do of an old furniture piece, link me up in the comments here, I'd love to see them!
Monday, July 13, 2009
1) Butterfly Note Cards by CatnipStudioToo
2) Sweet Pink Roses Cottage Pillows by catnapcottage
3) Not Your Ordinary Baby Quilt by SFOQuilter
4) Oilcloth Sandwich/Snack Bags by RickRackQueen
5) Altered Perfume Jar by thisgoodday
6) Vintage Ceiling Tin Heart by CottageintheSun
7) Dreaming of Paris Altered Art Journal by dishyvintage
8) Cuddly Kittens Apron by onlyu
9) Vintage Kitchen Napkin Cuffs by sosorosey
10) Friend Ornament by tiedupmemories
11) Crochet Applique Set by AnnieDesign
12) Polka Dot Pears by SugarAndSpice
Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
I've been having some health problems over the last several years that have to do with joint pain and swelling--I've been tested for everything but they really can't pinpoint just what is going on. Well, recently (the last 4 months) it has basically gone into overdrive! My knees are swollen up like cantelopes and I can't bend them, my hips hurt like hell, it's in my neck (can't hardly turn my head or bend it up and down), it's starting to work it's way down my shoulders now (yeah!) and it's in my right jaw (hurts to chew and my teeth don't fit together right because of swelling).
The docs did a bunch of tests and one of them measures your body's inflammation--the usual test result on that one tops out at 20, mine was at 54. They retook the test 2 weeks later and it was at 82. This lit a fire under my doctor and she scheduled me for surgery (the next day!) to biopsy a piece (approx. 1") of vein from both temples to make sure that my veins arent' inflamed too. Happily, the veins are fine. Whew. They have determined that I have an auto-immune disease.
Anyways, they just started me on a medication that should bring down the inflammation, but it has some really scary possible side effects! AND it takes anywhere from 3 weeks to 3 months to work! Arghhh! I took the first dose on Wednesday--it wasn't too bad, made me sick to my stomach, dizzy, and tired, but didn't do a thing for the joints and pain (yet).
I'm hanging in there, though, feeling positive about the outcome, and am looking forward to getting back to my crafting and computering and such. I'd appreciate a prayer or healing thought for this medication to do it's thing and get me back up and running!!
Friday, June 12, 2009
Oh, you are all going to be so jealous!
StarryDeb went to the ZNE convention and met some wonderful, creative people there...and then convinced some of them to give up the goodies for a blog giveaway.
Crepe paper and other goodies---read the names on the packages and then go visit them!!! Great shops!
Guess who won it? !!
Beautiful TussieMussie and matching tag from ivacreations
It's all so wonderful! I'm thrilled with every little thing...thank you so much to all the contributors and a special "Thank You" to Starry Deb--she is the greatest!
Oh, and one more thing.....The Olde World Shoppes blog was sweet enough to include my aqua roses sachets in their latest blog post--stop by and visit, and check out the other lovely ROSE items that are featured there, it's a treat, I promise!
Tuesday, June 02, 2009
Friday, May 29, 2009
Monday, May 25, 2009
As usual, we went to the Memorial Day parade today. It is always yucky out for this parade, don't know why, but it is! This was actually a little better than usual in the fact it didn't rain or sleet on us this year ( whew!) but it was still cold and windy and overcast. This is the view of all the half frozen people lined up across the street from where we were sitting. It looked to me like the epitome of one of our Memorial Day parades (don't forget your blanket!).
Both the kids were in the parade againt this year...Joe with his ROTC group and Linds with the Danceline.
Suprisingly, Linds finished getting ready for the parade first and was able to spend a little quality time with Daisy before she left.
Joe was close behind...but he had an excuse, he had to press those dress blues and shine up those shoes!
He's looking handsome as they march along...he's holding the blue ROTC flag.
And...here comes the girls! Sadly, most of my pics turned out too blurry. except this lovely shot! (yes, that is called sarcasm!) ...Linds is the one on the far side with her face half covered with a pom pom! LOL
A good day, we all came home full of fresh air and exercise...grilled up some steaks to go with our nice big salad and enjoyed our family--all thanks to those wonderful men and women who fight for our freedom.
Oh, don't forget to sign up for the giveaway in the post below this one :o) Drawing to be held on Friday. (May 29)